In the big picture of weight loss it is not what we do on the occasional holiday that really determines our weight it is the week in week out eating and drinking habits that determine our weight. That being said if you are not careful you can eat/drink a ton of calories in one day which then turns into weeks of too many calories during the holidays starting with Halloween.
The key is to plan and know what you are eating! Candy can be confusing because of all the different snack sizes that are so prevalent during Halloween. It is very easy to assume because you are eating snack size candy that it is not that bad, and this is true if you are not eating too many pieces! Before you eat candy see how many calories you are eating – it takes less than a minute to google calorie, sugar, and fat content for just about any common Halloween Candy.
Here are some examples:
Nestle’s Crunch Bar (60 calories) 6 minutes of brisk aerobic exercise to burn off!
Kit Kat Bar (70 calories) 8 minutes of brisk aerobic exercise to burn off!
4 Snickers Mini Bar (170 calories) 18 minutes of high intensity exercise to burn off!
Full Size Twix Bar (80 calories) 6 minutes of continuous kettlebell swings to burn off!
4.2 Oz Candy Corn (450 calories) 4 – 5 miles of walking to burn off!
2 Peanut Butter Cups (210 Calories) 2 miles of running to burn off!
So eating a little candy is no big deal, BUT if you are not watching how many pieces/containers you eat you can quickly rack up a ton of calories that would take more than an hour of vigorous exercise to burn off!
Plan your candy intake and know what you are going to eat and enjoy it! The other key is have candy after a meal so you are not really hungry – candy and hunger make for a really bad combination!